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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1915

Vol. VI

(Born Miss.)

John Scott Smylie

(Ap'd Miss.)


(Born April 6, 1892.)

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, March 1, 1910, to March 30, 1911, and from Aug. 28, 1911, to June 12, 1915,​a when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers.

Served: At various camps in Texas and Arizona, with 2nd Battalion of Engineers, to March 26, 1916, when he joined Mexican Punitive Expedition; on road work in northern Chihuahua to

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1916)

Sept. 20, 1916; at Washington Bks., D. C., student off at Engineer School, Sept. 29, 1916, to May 15, 1917;

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917)

at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., with 7th Engineers, to Dec. 28, 1917; relieved and assigned to Engineer Replacement Troops at same post to

(Major, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 7, 1918)

March 3, 1918; at Camp A. A. Humphreys, Va., in charge of Engineer Depot, to March 27, 1918; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of Engineering, March 29 to June 12, 1918; Instructor in Department of Practical Military Engineering, June 12, 1918, to –––––; on detached service, on observation trip over American battlefields in France, under Visitor's Bureau, S. O. S., American Expeditionary Forces, June 18 to

(Honorably Discharged as Major, Only, Aug. 20, 1919)

Aug. 27, 1919;

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917.

Major, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 7, 1918.

At U. S. Military Academy, for various periods Instructor and Assistant Professor, Department of Practical Military Engineering, and Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Mar. 29, 1918, to

(Returned to Grade of Captain, Aug. 27, 1919.)

(Transferred to Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1920.)

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1920.)

Aug., 1922; at Fort Monroe, Va., student officer, Coast Artillery School, Aug., 1922, to

(Returned to Grade of Captain, Nov. 4, 1922.)

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Nov. 10, 1923.)

Dec., 1923, when he was graduated; with 61st Coast Artillery, Dec., 1923, to Feb., 1924; at Fort Amador, Canal Zone, on duty in Headquarters, Panama Coast Artillery District, Feb., 1924, to May, 1927; en route to United States, May, 1927, to Sept., 1927; at Fort Monroe, Va., student officer, Coast Artillery School, Sept., 1927, to June, 1928, when he was graduated; en route to station, June, 1928, to Aug., 1928; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, Command and General Staff School, Sept., 1928, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Maj., C. A. C., Nov. 10, 1923)

At Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., student off., C. & G. S. School, Sept., 1928, to June, 1930; en route to station; at Ft. Mills, P. I., Plans and Tng. Off., Harbor Defenses of Manila Bay, Oct., 1930, to May, 1933; en route to U. S.; at Washington, D. C., student off., A. I. C., Aug., 1933, to June, 1934; at Wilmington, N. C., Instr., N. G., to Oct., 1935;

(detailed I. G. D., Oct. 15, 1935)

at Boston, Mass., Asst. I. G., Hq. 1st C. A., to

(Lt.‑Col., I. G. D., Oct. 15, 1935)

Oct., 1936; at Quarry Heights, C. Z., Asst. I. G., P. C. Dept., Nov., 1936, to Sept., 1938; at Chicago, Ill., Asst. I. G., Hq. 6th C. A., to Aug., 1939;

(relieved detail I. G. D., Aug. 31, 1939)

at New York, N. Y., P. M. S. & T., Fordham U., Sept. 1, 1939, to ––––

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

(Lt Col CAC 24 Mar 36)

New York NY, PMS and T, Fordham U, 1 Sep 39–28 Jun 42; Ft Miles Del, Admin ExO Philadelphia Sub‑Sector and HD of Del, 29 Jun 42–

(Col AUS 20 Jul 42)

18 Sep 42.

Ret dsbl 30 Jun 43 w/ rk of Col from 12 Jun 43

Civil History: — 3032 Divisadero St San Francisco Calif

Died, Dec. 10, 1962, at Santa Barbara, Calif.: Aged 70.​b

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a An example of a cadet who was separated from the Academy for deficiency but worked his way back; see W. A. Ganoe, MacArthur Close‑Up, p116.

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b Col. Smylie died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the placeholder page at WPAOG.

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